Discord over Lithonia’s proposed annexation plan

Jason Lary

Lithonia Mayor Deborah Jackson’s proposed annexation map is not sitting well with some business owners and one cityhood group. During the May 18 city council work session, Jackson presented an annexation map to council members. The proposed map includes an additional 6,000 to 8,000 residents. Some of the areas in the map include parts of […]

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OPINION: Nothing wrong with a little nosy neighboring


My heart ached last week when I read about two brothers who were roofers who preyed upon the elderly. They overcharged their customers; made unnecessary, unauthorized and shoddy repairs and returned again and again for payments that in some cases their aged customers had forgotten they had already made. The sentencing of the brothers—Keith and […]

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Refugees grow at community garden

The hand-painted welcome sign greets people as they enter the Jolly Avenue Community Gardening.

by Justin Beaudrot Tucked away on a neighborhood street in Clarkston is Jolly Avenue Community Garden. There, a variety of corn, tomatoes, beans, squash, cucumber, lettuce, long bean, mustard greens and roselle grow. Organized and administered by Friends of Refugees, the Jolly Avenue Community Garden offers tenant farmers, most of whom are refugees and Clarkston […]

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DeKalb’s District 5 finally has a commissioner


  Two years after their commissioner was appointed as the county’s interim CEO, DeKalb County’s District 5 voters have chosen a new commissioner. Mereda Davis Johnson, an attorney and wife of Congressman Hank Johnson, received 53.12 percent of the July 14 vote to become the new District 5 representative on the DeKalb County Board of […]

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Clarkston officials discuss honey bee initiative

Honey Bees swarm inside a jar Courtesy of Honey Bee Haven

On July 1 Clarkston officials debated partnering with Pesticide Action Network and Beyond Pesticides to protect honeybees and other pollinators by becoming a Honey Bee Haven. Mayor Ted Terry said he saw it fitting to start the initiative after being approached by stakeholders about the epidemic affecting pollinators. “It revolves around a certain pesticide, the neonicotinoids […]

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Former DeKalb band directors find success with jazz

From left, Marvin Pryor, Keven Shephard and Nelson Render makes up the horn section of The PR Experience band. Photo by Carla Parker

Educators by day and musicians by night—that is the life of Marvin Pryor and Nelson Render. In 2009, the former DeKalb County School District band instructors who now work for Atlanta Public Schools District, formed The PR Experience, a jazz/funk band composed of middle and high school educators. The award-winning, eight-member band has performed across […]

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Expert teaches children to mind their manners

Donna Paige Riley looks on as young students demonstrate what they learned about greeting others properly.

Etiquette, according to Donna Paige Riley, a socialization expert, author, etiquette teacher, speaker and radio program host, is not just about learning which fork to use. “It’s about having consideration for others in everything you do,” she said. “People today can be very self-centered, and that selfishness is the root of bad manners. It goes […]

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Man arrested in connection with vandalized businesses in Brookhaven

Solomon Danziger

  A 34-year-old man has been arrested and charged for vandalizing Nuts ‘N Berries in Brookhaven. Brookhaven Police charged Solomon Danziger of Chamblee with burglary on connection with the vandalism that occurred in the early hours of July 13. The campaign office of Catherine Bernard, which is located above Nuts ‘N Berries, was vandalized. Bernard […]

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